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Jackson 5 Christmas Album

Original LP design : Katherine Marking, Alana Coghlan

 

July 1970

 

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
B/ Christmas Won't Be The Same This Year
M 1174, 11/1970

Give Love On Christmas Day
Promo CD
1986

Up To The Housetop
Promo
M 1914, 1987

 

# 1 Christmas Chart

 

christmas album jackson 5

USA 15/10/1970

Produced by Hal Davis & The Corporation

Side 1

 

1. Have Yourself A Little Merry Christmas 5:19

(Hugh Martin / Ralph Blane)
Produced by The Corporation

 

2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 2:24

(Haven Gillespie / J. Fred Coots)
Produced by Hal Davis

 

3. Christmas Song 2:52

(Mel Torme / Robert Wells)
Produced by The Corporation

 

4. Up To The Housetop 3:12

Produced by The Corporation

 

5. Frosty The Snow Man 2:39

(Steve Nelson / Jack Rollins)
Produced by Hal Davis

 

Side 2

 

1. The Little Drummer Boy 3:15

(Katherine Davis / Henry Onorati / Harry Simeone)
Produced by Hal Davis

 

2. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 2:32

(Johnny Marks)
Produced by Hal Davis

 

3. Christmas Won't Be The Same This Year 2:31

(Pam Sawyer / Laverne Ware)
Produced by Hal Davis

 

4. Give Love On Christmas Day 3:03

(The Corporation)
Produced by The Corporation

 

5. Someday At Christmas 2:44

(Ron Miller / Bryan Wells)
Produced by Hal Davis

 

6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 3:01

(Tommie Connors)
Produced by Hal Davis

 

 

Most of the Motown artists found time to record one, sometimes two or three albums for Christmas, and the young Jackson 5 were obviously candidates for being added to the list. The fact that the boys were Jehovah's Witnesses (and therefore didn't celebrate birthdays or Christmas), changed nothing.

The resulting album, usual mix of covers and original songs, became a classic Jackson 5's album. Energetic, enthusiastic, soulful, with vocals harmonizing all acute.

The album begins with the ballad "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", performed by Jermaine Jackson with his brothers in the chorus. The song ends with a beautiful "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" by the whole group. Then follows the dynamic hit "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by Michael, Christmas Song by Jermaine including a sample of "Jingle Bells" in the end, Up To The Housetop, also inspired by "Jingle Bells" and the bell sound of "Big Ben". The Corporation, composed "Give Love On Christmas Day".

Before 1973, Billboard excluded Christmas Albums from the main charts and, instead, suggested a Christmas special hit-parade during the holiday season. Christmas Album topped these charts, each year from 1970 to 1973 and again in 1983. He topped # 2 in 1971, accumulating 6 weeks in first place, and a total of 16 weeks ranked.

The US single from the album was "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", the most popular song of Christmas . Again, the track topped the Billboard's Christmas Chart, in 1970 and 1971, and # 9 in 1973. In New Zealand, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" was released as a single. In England, an special EP was proposed with the title "Merry Christmas From Michael Jackson With The Jackson 5" in 1987. There were also other kind of EP, released in Brazil, Holland ... all the more rare than the other (see video below).

In 1973, a compilation entitled "A Motown Christmas" was released, including titles of Christmas sung by Motown artists. The unreleased track "Little Christmas Tree" was proposed for the first time, then also on the CD reissue released in 2003, called "Century Master Collection".

In 1986, to promote the CD release "Christmas Album", the title "Give Love On Christmas Day" was released in promo CD, in the USA only.

 

La plupart des artistes Motown trouvaient le temps d'enregistrer un, parfois deux ou trois, albums pour les fêtes de Noël, et les jeunes Jackson 5 étaient évidemment candidats pour être ajoutés à la liste. Le fait que les garçons étaient des témoins de Jéhovah (et donc ne célébraient pas les anniversaires ou Noël), n'y changea rien.

L'album qui en résulta, habituel mélange de reprises et de chansons originales, est devenu un classique des Jackson 5. Energique, enthousiaste, très soul, avec des vocalises aigues harmonisant le tout.

L'album débute avec la ballade "Have Yourself A Little Merry Christmas", interprétée par Jermaine Jackson accompagné des choeurs de ses frères. La chanson se termine par un beau "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" par l'ensemble du groupe. Puis suivent le dynamique tube "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" par Michael, Christmas Song par Jermaine, contenant un sample de "Jingle Bell" sur la fin, Up To The Housetop, inspiré aussi de "Jingle Bell" et du son de cloche de "Big Ben". The Corporation, l'équipe de composition qui signa notamment "I Want You Back", "ABC" et "The Love You Save", propose sur cet album le titre "Give Love On Christmas Day".

Avant 1973, Billboard excluait les Christmas Albums du classement principal, et, à la place, proposait un hit-parade spécial Noël le temps de la période des fêtes. Christmas Album fut présent dans ces charts, chaque année de 1970 à 1973, puis en 1983. Il arriva en tête de ce classement en 1970, 1972 et 1973, #2 en 1971, accumulant ainsi 6 semaines en première place, et un total de 16 semaines classé.

Le single extrait de l'album, aux USA, fut "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", l'une des chansons de Noël les plus populaires. Là encore, le titre fut classé en tête du classement Billboard de Noël, et atteignit la première place en 1970 et 1971, et #9 en 1973. En Nouvelle-Zélande, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" fut exploité en single. En Angleterre, un EP fut proposé sous le titre "Merry Christmas From Michael Jackson with The Jackson 5", en 1987. On compte aussi d'autres EP de la sorte, sortis au Brésil, en Hollande... tous plus rare les uns que les autres (voir les visuels plus bas).

En 1973, une compilation intitulée "A Motown Christmas" vit le jour, incluant des titres de Noël, chantés par les artistes Motown. Le titre inédit "Little Christmas Tree" fut proposé pour la première fois, puis une nouvelle fois sur la réédition CD sortie en 2003, dans la collection "Century Masters".

En 1986, afin de promouvoir la sortie CD de "Christmas Album", le titre "Give Love On Christmas Day" fut sorti en promo CD, seulement aux USA.

 


Christmas Singles

> Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (USA, UK...)
> I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Japan, New Zealand)
> Give Love On Christmas Day (Philippines, USA)
> Have Yourself A Little Merry Christmas (Philippines)
> Frosty The Snow Man (Turkey, B-side of Mama's Pearl)
> Christmas Song (Philippines)
> Up To The Housetop (Promo, USA)
> The Little Drummer Boy (Philippines, Venezuela)

Christmas Magazines


Right On
Holiday Special
Dec. 1972


Ebony Jr!
Holiday Visit with the J5
Dec. 1973


Right On!
Marlon Holiday Calendar
Dec. 1972


Star Magazine
Jermaine Holiday Calendar
Dec. 1972


Soul
The Jacksons
Dec 20, 1976



STAR Magazine
Article "Noël avec Michael"
Dec 1972
(En français)



STAR Magazine
Article "Concert de Noël pour les enfants aveugles"
Avril 1972
(En français)


Jackson Five Holiday Schedule
Jet Magazine
Dec 24, 1970


Michael ornaments
Star Magazine, Dec 1972


Michael ornaments
Star Magazine, Dec 1972

Audio

"We Wish You A Merry Christmas"
(from "Have Yourself A Little Merry Christmas")

Greetings from Willie Hutch, Michael, Jermaine, Tito, Jackie, Edwin Starr and Stevie Wonder


Collection

Christmas Album
Christmas Album
Original LP, 1970
MS 713
USA
Christmas Album
Christmas Album
Original LP, 1970
STML 11168
USA
Christmas Album
Christmas
7" EP, 1970
CDM 01
Brazil
Christmas Album
Christmas Songs
7" EP, 1970
MCD 406
Brazil

Christmas Album
Original LP, 1970
Japan
Christmas Album
Christmas Album
Reissue, 1982
5250 ML
USA

A Merry Christmas From The Jackson 5ive
(Christmas Album), LP
Australia
Christmas Album
Xmas Maxi
7" EP
5 C 006 94 050
Netherlands
Christmas Album
Xmas Maxi
7" EP
5 C 006 94 076
Netherlands

Merry Christmas from Michael Jackson with the Jackson 5
(I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Frosty The Snow Man - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Up OnThe House Top), 1987
UK
Christmas Album
Christmas Album
CD, 1986
3746352502
USA
Christmas Album
Christmas Album
CD "Century Masters", 2003
B 0000706 02
USA
Christmas Album
Christmas Album
CD
UK
Christmas Album
Christmas Album
CD, 1997
550 141 2
UK

Advance Promo Release
12" Promo, 1987
ZT 41656 DJ
UK

Christmas Album
Cassette
MOTC 5250, 1982
USA